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OAK RIDGE – At the end of April, the Department of Energy will stop receiving waste at its Oak Ridge incinerator and proceed with plans to shut down the one-of-a-kind facility.
The incinerator has burned more than 33 million pounds of waste over the past two decades, specializing in the treatment of so-called mixed wastes that contain radioactive elements, polychlorinated biphenyls and other hazardous chemicals.
On at least two occasions previously, DOE postponed plans to shut down the incinerator because of the backlog of wastes at Oak Ridge and other nuclear cleanup sites. But this time around, the incinerator’s closure appears to be a done deal.